Get into the holiday spirit with a quick family trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. We just returned from a magical weekend of fairy lights, marshmallow roasting, tubing, carols and brunch with the big man himself. Check out our top Christmas activities for kids in Banff below. 1. Float above the clouds on the Banff Gondola The Banff Gondola’s free Mountaintop Christmas activities run through January 7, 2018. Book your lift tickets in advance to save 10%. Kids will love the cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa, Disney’s Prep & Landing movie, meeting the big man in red, and the Christmas themed treasure hunt. Parents will love sipping a glass of bubbly in Sky Bistro, while devouring epic views
We arrived at our bed and breakfast in the Naramata Bench after a leisurely lunch of hand-pulled pizza, summer greens and plenty of wine at The Pecking Room – Red Rooster Winery’s al fresco kitchen. Steve, an expat from London who owns Benchmark B&B with his wife Gail, greeted us warmly and quickly dived into a humour filled synopsis of Benchmark’s history and amenities. Although charming and witty, his stories were lost on me the minute we entered the garden. What a magical setting. Lake views stretch across the expansive property. Two-person circular chaises with crimson cushions rest on the vibrant green lawn, enticing guests to lose themselves in the postcard perfect scene. A large saltwater pool runs parallel to
As Vancouverites my husband and I have shared an almost lifelong love for Whistler, British Columbia. A four seasons playground, only one and a half hours by car from Vancouver, Whistler is a recreational and gastronomic paradise. Although we both ski, and are enthusiastic participants in all après ski activities, we actually prefer visiting Canada’s most celebrated mountain resort in the warmer months. Having travelled to Whistler countless times as a couple I was apprehensive about a trip with our newly toddling 14-month old daughter Brooklyn. As with most vacation destinations itinerary planning seems infinitely easier when children are a little older and the range of feasible activities broadens. Whistler however surprised me. Our tiny traveller was well entertained throughout
Travelling with my pint-sized ruler can be exhausting. To date, our holidays have focused on beach destinations. Why? Because, when an overtired eighteen-month old flings a bowl of scalding hot oatmeal onto my lap I at least want an ocean view. However, I’ve found two to be a magical age. A real shift from baby toddler to mini-human has occurred. It also opens up a whole new realm of travel. City attractions like zoos, amusement parks and science centres now capture my daughter’s interest and hold her attention. Even better, most offer free admission for tots under three. With direct flights and heaps of family friendly activities, Edmonton hit the mark for our foray into the world of city exploration.
Canada’s wild west is well known for its beef, annual stampede and warm hospitality. While Calgary’s previously mentioned mainstays remain strong, the ever-growing city is quickly gaining notoriety in the culinary world. My husband and I have visited greater Calgary on a few occasions and always opted for steakhouses and burger joints to capitalize on Alberta’s famous beef. Our recent trip, however, held a different challenge: to seek out Calgary’s a-typical, unique eateries and order anything but beef. Breakfast: Jelly Modern Doughnuts Homer Simpson, and police forces throughout the country, could very well loose their minds in Jelly modern doughnuts – a chic little artisan doughnut shop that pays homage to one of Canada’s favourite morning treats. Using organic and